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    What brand of thread injector

    I'm wanting to pick up a thread injector but didn't want to shell out a ton on one to start with. Has anyone used the Singer Simple 2263 from Wally World? I didn't figure I needed a bunch of bells and whistles. If ya'll have any recommendations for one under $100 I'd appreciate it.
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    Check my guidelines post in my sig. Others have found it helpful. Brand is less important than quality imo. Some folks have had good luck with the WW type machines but I honestly can not recommend them.
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    I've got the same question. I've been looking at the cheap-o machines at the big box retailers and all I can tell is that:
    1) The more stitches the machine will make, the higher the price. Most of my stitching will be straight line. I don't need a machine that will do a flower pattern stitch.
    2) Really cheap ones (sub-$50) seem to be "light duty" making me wonder about whether they can stitch through thick poly webbing.

    So what do I need to stitch rip-stop nylon and webbing? I realize name brand recommendations create fights, but I am looking at Brother (TM) and Singer (TM) because I have access to them and they're cheap. I am open to others as long as I can keep it under $120. Model number recommendations are great, too.

    Ramblinrev, thanks for your insights. I'll read more on your post later. You've got a lot of info I want to read through! Quality is less important than brand, I agree. But price is as important to me as quality (in other words, I'd rather have a machine that will do a good straight line stitch that costs $100 over a machine that does several patterns equally well and costs $300).

    Thanks!

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    if you have a local sewing repair place, START THERE! they will have some older heavier machines that you will more than likely be alot happier with, probably pay less for and be built a whole lot better than the current plastic version you will be finding at most of the big box store

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    Ramblinrev- you did have a lot of useful info Thanks

    Boothill - I'll have to do some research and see if there are any repair shops. I been offered 25+ year old my mother has, but there was a reason she replaced it a few years back.lol It might be fixable though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrianb View Post
    So what do I need to stitch rip-stop nylon and webbing?
    I've got a model from the '60's that does one stitch. With that stitch I've sewn:
    5 gathered end hammocks
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    Mesh Tarp Holders (very similar to Snake Skins)
    Loops on webbing
    Stuff sacks
    Wrist warmers (very similar to Wristies (c))
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    All with one stitch. I picked mine up for around $30 and it's been going strong for over a year. I already got my money's worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boothill View Post
    if you have a local sewing repair place, START THERE! they will have some older heavier machines that you will more than likely be alot happier with, probably pay less for and be built a whole lot better than the current plastic version you will be finding at most of the big box store

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    +1! I started out with a WallyWorld machine and had nothing but trouble with it. For less than thirty dollars more at the sewing machine place, I managed to score an old 70s-vintage Husquvarna that has had no problem with everything from PU-coated 1.3 oz polyester up through three layers of nylon webbing and four layers of 1.9 oz nylon all together. It's definitely worth the investment.

    If you buy refurbished, expect to pay in the $130 to $170 range for a good machine, in my experience. It's worth it.

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    I have my Mom's old Viking/Husquvarna that so far runs, well, like a sewing machine..........no problems with the machine. The operator is another story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    +1! I started out with a WallyWorld machine and had nothing but trouble with it. For less than thirty dollars more at the sewing machine place, I managed to score an old 70s-vintage Husquvarna that has had no problem with everything from PU-coated 1.3 oz polyester up through three layers of nylon webbing and four layers of 1.9 oz nylon all together. It's definitely worth the investment.

    If you buy refurbished, expect to pay in the $130 to $170 range for a good machine, in my experience. It's worth it.
    Thanks, thats what I figured about the WW machines. I'm going shopping with the family later today and I've already looked up some repair shops. As long as the wife doesn't fuss.(never thought I'd be saying that)

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    I picked up a Singer 237 for about $100 from my local shop. Great solid machine. Plus I got a service.contract for 6 months as part of the deal.
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